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Huawei surpassed Apple in sales – becoming the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer!

Just as expected and explained earlier in a previous post, Huawei did exceed Apple in global sales recently (according to counterpoint). This might not remain the case, as Apple’s new iPhones will probably return Huawei to its third position. Becoming the world’s second-largest smartphone manufacturer, even for a brief moment, indicates that the company’s goal to become the world’s first smartphone manufacturer (by 2021) isn’t impossible. Nonetheless, Huawei still has a long way to reach Samsung. This year, Huawei shipped 38.5 million smartphones, while Samsung shipped 79.8 million (Source: IDC).

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Samsung’s mobile bug bounty program – Rewards up to $200,000

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Good news to all programmers out there! Samsung just launched a bug bounty program, for those who are able to find “worthy” bugs. The program is aimed at finding bugs in both hardware and software. Continue reading “Samsung’s mobile bug bounty program – Rewards up to $200,000”

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Video reviews now available on Google Maps

Source: Techcrunch

Two weeks ago, Google introduced “video” to Google Maps (Android only for now). The feature is available to users that are part of Google’s Local Guides Program, a program that allows users to review restaurants, shops, and different areas they visit. Using this feature, users will be able to shoot 10-second videos right through the Google Maps app or to upload 30-second videos from their phone’s storage. Continue reading “Video reviews now available on Google Maps”

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Mobile AI processor by Huawei

Source: Huawei

At IFA 2017, Huawei announced the launch of the Kirin 970, its new SoC (System on a Chip) with AI capabilities, which the company is promoting as a mobile AI computing platform. The Kirin 970 is powered by an 8-core CPU and a 12-core GPU. It features a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU), which when compared to the 970 CPU, should deliver 25 times the performance with 50 times greater efficiency. Which means that the Kirin 970 can perform the same AI computing tasks faster and with less power. According to the company, in an image recognition test benchmark, the Kirin 970 can process 2000 images per minute, which is faster than any other chip on the market.

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Samsung launches world’s largest QLED gaming monitor at Gamescom

As a gamer, having a desktop monitor that has a great resolution and offers high FPS, is important for a great viewing and gaming experience. Last month, Samsung announced launching the world’s largest QLED gaming monitor, the CHG90, at Gamescom 2017.  Continue reading “Samsung launches world’s largest QLED gaming monitor at Gamescom”

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Huawei is on the rise!

The smartphone industry has been divided between two players (at least that is how many saw it), Samsung and Apple, for many years now. What am I talking about? If you’ve lived in the Middle East, you would have realized that to most people, smartphones mean either a Galaxy or an iPhone. That has been the case for many years now, although the market was filled with phones by LG, HTC, Sony, and others. It was between 2011 and 2013 that Chinese manufacturers started to appear as serious players on the global board (via Statista). Since then companies such as Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi have been slowly gaining global market share, with Huawei announcing last year its plans to overtake Samsung and Apple by 2021 (via WSJ).  Continue reading “Huawei is on the rise!”

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Terminator: rise of the machines – real world Facebook edition!

The machines have made their own language! Well… no, they weren’t actual machines, but rather chatbots. The news has been all over the internet, Facebook AI developing their own language to better communicate with each other. Seems scary doesn’t it? Not really… they are just chatbots (for now), so I guess the most they could do is talk us into extinction.

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Samsung’s new artwork

Samsung’s newest TV The Frame, is a frame, a TV made to look like artwork hanging on your wall. The company announced last month that the TV is beginning its global roll out, after previously announcing the TV back in CES (The Verge).

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Why is database marketing so difficult in Lebanon?

The question is why is database marketing so hard for companies in Lebanon? I had a rant recently on social media, on my personal account, on how most companies in Lebanon fail to take advantage of Email Marketing. My posts focused on how most companies fail to even send out an email to highlight their upcoming events/promotions, a problem that Samsungctc doesn’t seem to face. That is great, right? Well, not entirely… I have received a few emails since the release of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, marketing the new flagship and its features. The failure in their email marketing campaign happened last week when I received an email marketing the new Galaxy S8 accessories. Shouldn’t you go ahead and get me to buy the smartphone first before you try to sell me it’s accessories? Come on… your customer database is there for a reason. Identifying your customers, the products they have purchased, and possible upcoming interests, are key for a successful email marketing campaign.

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Samsung begins mass production at it’s new semiconductor plant

Earlier this week there were predictions that Samsung is set to surpass Apple as the “world’s most profitable tech company”. This wasn’t only the result of the recent good performance of Samsung’s Galaxy flagships, but rather the result of the company’s semiconductor business. About 60% of the company’s profits come from their Semiconductor business (MarketWatch). Continue reading “Samsung begins mass production at it’s new semiconductor plant”